Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement recognizing the 10th Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act:
“The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed into law ten years ago today. I was proud to vote for this landmark legislation to enable women to more easily challenge unequal pay and encouraged employers to implement fair payment practices. Women play a critical role in our economy, so Congress must do more to close the gender wage-gap and bring an end to employer discrimination once and for all.
“This bill was the first signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2009. Since then, Democrats in Congress have remained committed to achieving paycheck equity. Women, on average, still receive only $0.80 cents on the dollar compared to men, with women of color receiving even less.
“As we mark the 10th Anniversary of this important legislation, let us renew our efforts to eliminate discrimination against women both inside and outside of the workplace. I remain committed to enacting legislation that mandates paycheck fairness and increases penalties for employers who discriminate based on an employee’s sex. Tolerating anything less than equal pay for equal work is unacceptable.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman-designate of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Dean and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.